By: Stefany Olivas, Business Manager & Jonathan Gamboa, Layout Designer |Photos By: Scott M. Roberts
The summer term is ending. All of the good warm weather holidays have passed. To prevent boredom from creeping in, the CNM Chronicle has found four fun and cheap adventures in and around Albuquerque for students on the verge of summertime apathy.
Take a train tour
The Rail Runner makes trips daily from Belen to Santa Fe and stops at many scenic locations in between. The train makes for easy travel to historic New Mexico sites and rural bike trails. Student day passes range from $1 to $8 and can be purchased online or at any train station. Designated areas are available for bike storage in each passenger car.
For more information, call (505) 247-0757 or visit nmrailrunner.com.
Route 66 Summerfest
Live music, car shows, Nob Hill historic tours and good food and beer will be available on Central Avenue between Carlisle Boulevard and Washington Street during the Route 66 Summerfest on Saturday, July 21 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The free outdoor festival will feature a variety of activities for all ages — including the New Mexico Jazz festival, Kid Zone, Youth Central, Cork & Tap wine and beer experience, Arts and Artisan’s Market, the Urban Wheels Show, Old Route 66 Car show and dozens of other events. The event is free, and the Albuquerque Trolley will also be free, making stops along Central. For a full map and a complete list of activities, visit rt66central.com.
Take a hike
The Rio Grande Bosque trails have been re-opened. Hike the trails throughout the cottonwood forest next to the cool riverside. You can also head up to the trails in the Sandia Mountains.
Plenty of scenic trails can be found within city limits, including Copper, Boca Negra Canyon, Elena Gallegos, Embudito, Foothills, Indian School, Menaul, Piedra Lisa, and Rio Grande Valley State Park.
Trail maps are available for free at many bike shops or they can be ordered for mail delivery by calling 768-2680. For more information, visit cabq.gov/openspace/trailmaps.
Isleta Lakes and RV Park
Hit the two lakes stocked with fish. Camping sites are equipped with water, electricity, sewer hookups, private grills, picnic tables, Direct TV, Wifi, shower and laundry facilities and a full-service convenience store.
Call 244-8102 or visit isletapueblo.com.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino offers a variety of activities like swimming, golf, bowling, laser tag, arcade, billiards and gambling.
Call (877) 747-5382 for more information.